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Personal, Social and Emotional Education, including Relationships and Sex Education at The Grove

Probably the most important teaching that is delivered at the beginning of the school journey is personal, social and emotional education: children need to learn to live and work harmoniously together,managing their own feelings and understanding the impact their behaviour has on others.  

At The Grove we follow a scheme of work called Jigsaw (The Grove Juniors use the same syllabus, allowing them to continue the work that we do as the children get older).  

 

The Jigsaw Approach

How would children benefit if they could be aware of their thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the moment, on purpose with no judgement?  This awareness, known as mindfulness, underpins the Jigsaw philosophy.  The school follows a programme of lessons that build upon each other throughout the school year.  Mindfulness can be learnt, but it needs to be practised!

Jigsaw brings together emotional literacy, social skills, and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. It is a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme at the same time. Each 'puzzle' piece - topic - starts with an assembly, and generates a whole school focus for adults and children alike. Jigsaw is taught weekly in class with regular circle times and opportunities to share thoughts and feelings. Each Year group has a Jigsaw character that can be passed around to help children to share their ideas. Reception have Jigsaw Jenie, Year 1 have Jigsaw Jack and Year 2 have Jigsaw Jo.

This holistic approach provides structure and familiarity to children and supports their learning by reinforcing key themes.  Below you can see an outline of the programme and how it develops through the school year:

 

Term: Autumn 1

Puzzle piece

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Being me in my world.

Who…me ?

Special and safe

Hopes and fears for the year

 

Being me in my world.

How am I feeling today?

My class

Rights and responsibilities

 

Being me in my world.

Being at school

Rights and responsibilities

Rewards and consequences

 

Being me in my world.

Gentle hands

Rewards and feeling proud

Rewards and consequences

 

Being me in my world.

Our rights

Consequences

Our Learning Charter

 

Being me in my world.

Our responsibilities

Owning our Learning Charter

Owning our Learning Charter

 

Term: Autumn 2

Puzzle piece

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Celebrating difference

What am I good at?

The same as…

Boys and girls

 

Celebrating difference

I’m special, I’m Me

Different from..

Boys and girls

 

Celebrating difference

Families

What is bullying?

Why does bullying happen?

 

Celebrating difference

Houses and homes

What do I do about bullying

Standing up for myself

 

Celebrating difference

Making friends

Making new friends

Making a new friend

 

Term: Spring 1

Puzzle piece

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Dreams and goals

Challenge

My treasure chest of success

Goals to success

 

Dreams and goals

Never give up

Steps to goals

My learning strengths

 

Dreams and goals

Setting a goal

Achieving together

Learning with others

 

Dreams and goals

Obstacles and support

Stretchy learning

A group challenge

 

Dreams and goals

Flight to the future

Overcoming obstacles

Celebrating our achievements

 

Term: Spring 2

Puzzle piece

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Healthy me

Everybody’s body

Being healthy

Being healthy

 

 

Healthy me

We like to move it, move it!

Healthy choices

Being relaxed

 

Healthy me

Food, glorious food

Clean and healthy

Medicine safety

 

Healthy me

Food, glorious food

Medicine safety

Healthy eating

 

Healthy me

Stranger danger

Healthy me cafe

Road safety

 

 

 

 

Term: Summer 1

Puzzle piece

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Relationships

My family and me

Families

Families

 

 

Relationships

Make friends, make friends, never ever break friends!

Making friends

Keeping safe

 

Relationships

Make friends, make friends, never ever break friends!

Greetings

Friends and conflict

 

Relationships

Falling out and bullying

People who help us

Secrets

 

Relationships

Being the best friend we can be

Being my own best friend

Trust and appreciation

 

 

Term: Summer 2

Puzzle piece

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

 

Changing me

My body

Life cycles

Life cycles in nature

 

Changing me

Respecting my body

Changing me

Growing from young to old

 

Changing me

Growing up

My changing body

The changing me

 

 

Changing me

Growth and change

Boys’ and girls’ bodies

Boys’ and girls’ bodies

 

Changing me

Fun and fears

Learning and growing

Assertiveness

 

 

 

Changing me

Fun and fears

Share your worries

Looking ahead to Year 1

Coping and changing

 

Looking ahead to Year 3


In line with statutory requirements, before the Changing me jigsaw begins in Year 2, parents are given information about how children are taught about their bodies.  This provides an opportunity for parents to ask questions and be reassured about how lessons are delivered in an age appropriate way.    
If you would like any more information about any aspects of our Personal, Social and Emotional curriculum or Relationships and Sex Education curriculum, please do not hesitate to talk to class teachers or the subject leader, Sarah Norton.

 


 


 

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